Abrahams responds to Rice's candidacy in NY-4

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Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams has become the first Democrat to create a fundraising committee for a potential 4th Congressional District run. (Dec. 16, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Fresh off his first fundraiser Wednesday night, Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader – and potential 4th Congressional District candidate – Kevan Abrahams responded Thursday morning to Kathleen Rice’s announced bid for the seat.

Rice, the Nassau district attorney, is being supported by the district’s retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), but Abrahams said he’s exploring a possible Democratic primary bid so voters can have a “clear choice” this year.

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“I believe it's important that Democrats in the Fourth Congressional District are presented with a clear choice as to who should represent them in Washington,” Abrahams (D-Freeport) said in a statement. “There should be a robust discussion about who is best suited to continue Congresswoman McCarthy's mission to protect families from gun violence. The middle class is suffering due to rampant income inequality in this district, and voters should choose who is best suited to be their champion on those critical issues. I welcome Kathleen Rice to the race, and should I chose to run, I look forward to this conversation.”

Abrahams last week formally created his campaign committee to be able to raise funds, and on Wednesday, held an event at The Carltun restaurant in Eisenhower Park. His spokesman did not immediately indicate how much money he raised, but called it “well attended,” adding that, “we continue to exceed our fundraising goals.”

Political analysts have said that candidates may need to spend more than $2 million to run a competitive race in the diverse 4th district, where President Obama received 57 percent of the vote in 2012.

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